A change in legislation may make it easier for single parents to pay for child care.
Wrap:One in four.
This is how many children in the US are cared for by single parents.
|Description: "It would be a money saver for the state, and it would help get these people out of poverty, where they're stuck now and help them improve their lot in lives. And it's a big deal."|
|Description: "It was like, how can you take over half of my benefits because I make thirty-seven dollars over, that doesn't...how do you see that math?"|
She explained the current rules are not fair for single parents.
|Description: "They're seeing it as I want what I've earned, you know, you get so little in life at that point, you wanna get at least a little bit of something that you earned, so I think going down that road would not be beneficial. At all."|
During her time as a single mother, Bonner worked at the CafÚ Via Roma. Audrey Johanns, the cafÚ owner, says she tried to give Sarah more rewards based on her work.
|Description: "You know I said I really want to help her she's doing a great job, she's tried to support her family. So I gave her another dollar raise, and she turned around and said, 'Audrey, you are killing me.'"|
|Description: "Many of these mothers, they're not deciding, you know, which retirement fund they're going to pay into that month, they're deciding which bill they're gonna pay. You know, is it the electric, is it rent, car payment, you know?"|
|Description: "Forty four percent plus six percent is fifty percent, it's a nice round number. In other words every time a person earns another dollar, the state would get half, either in their taxes or in the premium."|
|Description: "By allowing them to have child care assistance so that they can continue to support their family until they work their way off. We're creating a future...a pool of kids who knows that that's what is expected of them when they grow up."|
Republican Senator Jim Lembke from St. Louis County says he thinks the bill came at a bad time.
|Description: "It may be a very good idea,it's just not timely right now. Again, to expand or add a new program to where we're already spending a hundred and eighty eight million dollars in taxpayer's money, to purchase child care, I just don't think it's the right time to do it."|
The bill passed in the Senate with a vote of 33 to 1.
The next step for the bill will be in the House, where it will be assigned to a committee.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Danielle Carter.